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Degree in detail​​​​

Overview of the curriculum

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The curriculum in detail

The Sustainable Tourism Management Master’s study programme is part of the Sustainable Business faculty and furthermore, it is closely linked to the Landscape Management & Nature Conservation faculty. It links economics with content from ecological and social sciences and thus has an interdisciplinary orientation toward sustainability. The objective of the degree is to gain knowledge of tourism management on an academic basis with a particular focus on sustainable development concepts for the tourism industry on the company, association and destination level.

The following expertise for professional working life are transferred:

  • Academic and methodical expertise

  • Decision making expertise and competence to act (problem solving skills)

  • Soft skills, such as communication, motivation and conflict resolution skills; team spirit



1st semester


In the 1st semester, economic, ecological and social topics of sustainability as well as marketing and management topics are learned or deepened. Furthermore, academic skills (methods of empirical social research) are practised and the students are coached in order to achieve their personal learning goals (self management).


Five mandatory modules



2nd semester


In the 2nd semester, the students can deepen their knowledge in a specialisation topic alongside two mandatory modules. To do so, three modules in one specialisation must be selected.

However, we also offer the possibility of swapping a compulsory elective module for a module from the respective other specialisations, other degree programmes or even another university.


Two mandatory modules


Compulsory elective modules

Digitalisation and business related specialisation


Environment and destination-based specialisation



3rd semester


In the 3rd semester, the students can choose between three options: the transfer project, the project internship or a semester abroad.


In a transfer project the students work in a group on a project for a partner in practice. In doing so, knowledge from the university is transferred into practice. Transfer projects predominantly take place in Brandenburg and Berlin but they could also be carried out in other regions of Germany or abroad.


The project internship is undertaken individually. In this regard, a project is also worked on for a partner in practice. Partners for project internships and transfer projects could be, e.g., tourism companies, associations or regions, and are recruited from the lecturer’s many and varied networks. However, they can also be suggested by the students.


In a joint project seminar students are prepared for the management of their project. After that there are several individual meetings to coordinate with the respective supervising lecturer.


As an alternative to the project internship or the transfer project, a semester abroad can be undertaken at a partner university with a comparable degree programme.


Furthermore, during the 3rd and 4th semester a total of 8 ECTS points must be gained in “special compulsory elective modules”. To do so, previously not taken compulsory elective modules of the degree programme or modules from other degree programmes or universities can be taken. This allows a great freedom of choice! At HNEE there is particularly close cooperation with the Master’s degree programmes â€œSustainable Corporate Management” and “Regional Development & Nature Conservation”.


Possible compulsory elective modules at HNEE could be, e.g., “Urban and Cultural Tourism” (pdf), “Communication and Moderation” (pdf) or “Non-Formal Environmental Education/ Interpretation”. In regard to the ECTS points, all combinations are permitted, e.g., 4 x 2 ECTS or 6 + 2 ECTS.


  • Transfer project / project internship / semester abroad (24 ECTS)

  • Project seminar(s)

  • Special compulsory elective module(s) (up to 8 ECTS)


4th semester


The 4th semester is almost exclusively reserved for writing the Master’s thesis. In a preparatory Master’s seminar, the students intensively address academic work and research methods. Furthermore, students can complete any still outstanding compulsory elective modules, which in the 3rd and 4th semester must amount to 8 ECTS, or they may participate in a department field trip.


The Master of Arts degree qualifies the holder for higher grade civil service and to undertake a doctorate.


  • Master’s thesis (28 ECTS)

  • Master’s seminar and colloquium

  • If applicable compulsory elective module (up to 8 ECTS) or field trip (2 ECTS).